The Convair CV-240 was a short to medium range aircraft, first flying on 16 March 1947. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp engines, it featured a pressurised cabin and seating for 40 passengers. It entered service with American Airlines in early 1948.
Improvements came with the CV-340, first flying on 5 October 1951, featuring a lengthened fuselage to seat 44 passengers, longer wings and more powerful engines. Ultimately the CV-440 arrived from 1954 with seating for up to 52 people. With a range of up to 1,900 kilometres (1,200 miles), the Convair Liners proved popular around the world.
Convair 240, 340 and 440 Video
Following on from the last video on the Canadair CL-44, this time we head down to the USA for a look at the Convair CV-240 family of aircraft. This colour promotional film from 1955 produced by the manufacturer runs for just over 17 minutes.
It follows the aircraft in order, so it begins with the 240, then moves on to the 340 and the 440 Metropolitan. Various features are highlighted and there’s plenty of air to air footage, including single engine take-off and flying.
From about 6 minutes and 12 seconds in, we get a look at the production line, followed by a peek into the cockpit from 8 minutes and 5 seconds. Military versions are then covered from ten minutes onwards.
It’s a very nicely done production, showing just about everything you’d want to see. Many airlines are featured, such as Braniff, American Airlines, Sabena, Swissair and more.
There were 1,181 aircraft produced between 1947 and 1954. Major operators included American Airlines, Western Airlines, Continental Airlines, Pan American, Lufthansa, KLM, Swissair, Sabena, United, Braniff, Continental, Northeast and others.
Today you would be hard pressed to find one to fly in, but there are severaal around the world in museums to visit. Have you ever flown on one of the Convair 240, 340 or 440s? What was that like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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